Lynn University

Lynn University Athletics
3601 North Military Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431
Division 2 Florida Southeast
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Mindy Richmond

Lynn University Director of Athletics Devin Crosby announced the hiring of Mindy Richmond as the inaugural head coach of the women’s lacrosse program on June 8, 2018. Richmond comes to Fighting Knights from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and will build the institutions 19th NCAA Division II sport from the ground up with competition beginning in the 2019-20 athletic season.

Richmond is simply put, the greatest women’s lacrosse coach in IUP history. She assumed control of the Crimson Hawks program in 2009 and has accumulated a 105-67 (.610) record with seven double-digit win seasons, six consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) postseason appearances and a program-record streak of 31 straight weeks ranked in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II Poll.

While Richmond has never built a program from scratch, she inherited a Crimson Hawks program which had been through five coaches in its first 11 years of existence, recorded one winning season and managed more than three league victories just once. She became the program’s all-time wins leader by her second season, and posted the first of seven consecutive double-digit win seasons by her third year at the helm.

During her time in Indiana, Pa., Richmond’s student athletes have garnered eight All-America, three freshman All-America, 15 All-region and 33 All-PSAC selections. She took home PSAC Coach of the Year honors in 2013 after starting the year with a school-record 11 straight wins and breaking or tying 10 single-season school records.

Richmond’s offenses have been exciting during her coaching tenure, as the Crimson Hawks ranked in the top-5 in scoring offense twice and top-20 four times.

Not only the first women’s lacrosse coach in school history, Richmond will be just the second NCAA lacrosse coach in South Florida, joining Palm Beach Atlantic, which began its inaugural season in 2018.

Prior to her arrival at IUP, Richmond served two seasons on the coaching staff of her alma mater, Gannon University, where she helped the Golden Knights to a 23-8 record, a pair of top-10 national rankings and one of the top offenses in the country.

Richmond was a volunteer assistant coach at Gannon during the 2006 season following a record-breaking four-year playing career with the Golden Knights. As a senior, she led the nation with 88 goals, which were the most in school history and fourth highest single-season total in Division II history. Richmond is also third at Gannon and 15th in the country in career goals with 219 and shares the school record with nine goals in a game against Saint Vincent in 2004, and scored seven or more goals in a game a total of 10 times.

Richmond was named to the IWLCA All-American squad following her junior and senior seasons and served as team captain both years. She was nominated by Gannon for the 2005 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Richmond received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2005 and earned her master's in sport science from IUP in 2012.

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Joe Tornetta

Joe Tornetta was hired as an assistant coach in June 2019, rounding out the Lynn women's lacrosse program's first-ever coaching staff. Tornetta's responsibilities at Lynn will include: Defensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator, Goalkeeper Coach, Compliance Liaison, Campus Visit Coordinator and Game Scouting.

Tornetta comes to Boca Raton with an extensive coaching resume, spanning nearly 30 years in high school and collegiate women's lacrosse, wrestling, field hockey, baseball, track and football. Most recently, he spent the past two years as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at NCAA Division I University of Delaware.

Before heading to Delaware, Tornetta was a veteran in the high school coaching ranks of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In girl's lacrosse, he held a 458-116-14 (.791) record over a 27-year high school coaching career at Great Valley and Owen J. Roberts (Pa.). Tornetta led teams to 11 league championships and two Pennsylvania state titles, was a seven-time Girl's Lacrosse Coach of the Year recipient and coached 24 All-Americans.

Tornetta is a 1982 graduate of West Chester University, completing a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education degree.

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Rachel Benzing

Rachel Benzing was hired as an assistant coach in June 2019, rounding out the Lynn women's lacrosse program's first-ever coaching staff. Benzing's responsibilities at Lynn will include: Offensive Coordinator, Camp/Clinic Director, Media, Travel, Game Day & Service Coordinator and Game Scouting.

Aside from being a standout NCAA women's lacrosse player, Benzing has coaching experience with starting a brand new program as she spent the past two years with the inaugural women's lacrosse team at Maryville University.

Benzing went to Maryville after graduating from Lindenwood University in 2017. She earned her bachelor's degree in English literature with a minor in nutrition. In addition to coaching at Maryville, she joined the team at St. Louis Samurai to help grow girl's lacrosse in the Midwest.

During her two seasons with the LU Lions, Benzing was a two-time All-American, earning First Team honors in 2017 and Third Team laurels in 2016. She was also named First Team All-South Region in 2017 and Second Team in 2016. Additionally, she earned First Team All-RMAC honors during both seasons and was named the 2017 RMAC Offensive Player of the Year. In 2017, she was honored as an IWLCA Senior All-Star, named to the RMAC All-Academic Team and voted the Lindenwood Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year.

Prior to Lindenwood, Benzing played Division I lacrosse at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She tallied a point in every contest she saw playing time in as a freshman, including her first collegiate goal against No. 1 ranked Maryland. As a sophomore, she recorded her first collegiate start against Maryland and finished the season ranked fifth in the America East Conference in assists per game.

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